There are often times when I begin to lose hope in people. It’s not hard to do. The animal industry can be an on-going reminder of how cruel some people can be.
But it seems as though every time I begin to question myself and my choices to do what I’m doing, someone steps up and I am reminded that there is still good in this world. There are people who always leave me with faith in humanity. This post is for them, a thank you from me.
Saturday was our second annual Holiday Toy Drive. The amount of people who came together to make this happen was astonishing. Before the event even took place, we had people reaching out to us wanting to donate. We had donations from all over the country, from our previous adopters, from Town employees, from our volunteers, from our families, our friends, and from total strangers.
There is a certain gratification that comes with seeing all your hard work come together. Even before the event began, I started seeing our flyers posted in different publications, throughout town and in different shops, and all over social media sites. We received packages from amazon from our followers who couldn’t make the event, some more than we could have ever asked for or expected (the Blam family in particular, who were beyond generous, donating Kuranda beds and Kong toys.) We had people donate snacks and treats to the staff. (Andrea, Cheddar’s new mommy, your donuts and pastries made us all the happiest people ever. We all love a nice baked good, haha) and we had so many people, even kids, telling us how excited they were to come down and stuff those stockings.
The day of the event, I was riddled with stress and fear that it would be a disaster, since as soon as I got in my car at 8 am it began to snow. I thought for sure no one would show up because of the weather and road conditions. But by the time I got to the shelter and started setting everything up, one by one the Live.Love.Bark volunteers started showing up, donations in hand, and ready to work!
As we were setting up the lobby and going over the game plan, we had people knocking on the door, waiting to donate. “Hopefully that’s a good sign” I thought to myself. And it was! When 11 am came rolling around, we had a line of people waiting in the snow to come in and donate. And that line was pretty consistent all day long.
As you’ve probably read in our statuses and in the press release posted on our facebook page and on the Town’s website, we raised over 200 gallons of toys. We also raised food, bones, laundry detergent, dish soap, food bowls, collars and leashes, and more! We’re so grateful to have raised sooo, soo much this year thanks to everyone who donated to us.
We’d like to send out a special thank you the following people:
Selena and her family, for collecting donations from friends and family and making sure every stocking had at least one goody bag in it.
Beth, for making and donating the cutest blanket for our Brock. He loves it!
Kim and her family, for always donating and being there to support our shelter.
Noelle and her family, for coming to all of our events and passing on the importance of donating and adopting to their adorable son.
Sue S., for donating literally ever single time we ask for help, for showing up to all of the events, and for being all around an awesome person. Thank you for donating to both the animals, and to humans working the events!
My own family, for always being at these events, and donating, and being supportive. To my mom who made that Shelter Alumni scrap book for Joanne and the shelter, and to my dad who always lets me use his truck to go back and forth to these events.
And of course, thank you to all of the volunteers who worked the event! None of this would have happened without you all!
(I’m probably forgetting a bunch of key people, but you all know who you are, so if I did, know we’re so thankful for you, and it’s nothing personal, I just have a bad memory! lol)
It is because of these people -everyone who donated, shared our flyer, collected donations from others, or supported us in any way – because of them, total strangers, coming together to make a difference, that I continually regain faith in humanity, and have hope that together, we really can make a change for these animals.
We’d like to wish all of you a very happy holiday season and a very happy new year. We look forward to seeing you at our next event! 🙂